Robert Muggah

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Robert Muggah
Henry Charles Robert Muggah

(1974-07-20) July 20, 1974 (age 45)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
OccupationResearch Director at the Igarapé Institute
Known forCo-founder of the Igarapé and the SecDev Institutes

Robert Muggah (born July 20, 1974) is a Canadian political scientist and urban specialist. He is the co-founder of the Igarapé Institute and The SecDev Foundation,[1] and is currently the Research Director of Igarapé and The SecDev Group, where he is known for his work on urbanization, crime prevention, arms control, migration and conflict studies.

Muggah is a widely cited expert in cities, security and new technology. His work on designing platforms to map arms transfers,[2] track homicide,[3] predict crime,[4] and promote accountability among police [5] is globally recognized. He was listed as one of the top 100 most important people in violence prevention [6] in 2013. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Lewis Perinbam Award[7] for outstanding humantarian service and the Lind Fellowship in 2018[8].


Muggah was involved with the Small Arms Survey from its inception in 1999, and was a researcher and then research director from 2000 until 2011. Over the past decades he has worked with the United Nations Development Program, the United Nations Department for Peacekeeping Operations, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Latin American Development Bank, and the World Bank in more than 25 countries. He is the co-chair of the consultative committee of the Global Parliament of Mayors [9] and the Know Violence in Childhood Network.[10] He was nominated by the UN Secretary General to advise a panel on Youth, Peace and Security [11] and is part of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime,[12] as well as the Agenda Council for the Future of Cities and Urbanization [13] of the World Economic Forum.

His academic specializations include armed violence, violence prevention, public security, fragile cities, migration, and climate change. He has undertaken research on small arms availability, demand, and their impacts in Latin America, Africa and Asia. His field research has focused on refugee militarization in Africa, the implications of resettling populations in South Asia, the outcomes of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programs, the future of peacekeeping and stabilization missions, and the rise of cyber cartels and digital gangs. Muggah is a fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute[14] and the Chicago Council for Global Affairs[15].

He graduated with a BA Honors from Dalhousie University in 1997. He received an MPhil from the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Sussex in 1999. In 2008 earned a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Oxford. He has taught courses at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, at the University of San Diego, the University of British Columbia, and the International Relations Department of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. He is faculty at Singularity University in California[16] and lectures at universities across North America, Latin America, Western Europe and the Middle East and Africa.

Personal life[edit]

Muggah is married to Ilona Szabó de Carvalho, co-founder of Instituto Igarapé.

Publications, interviews, and lectures[edit]

Muggah is the author or editor of seven books. Two of these, Relocation Failures in Sri Lanka [17] and Refugee Militarization in Africa [18] are focused on migration. Two more, Stabilization Operations, Security and Development [19] and Security and Post-Conflict Reconstruction [20] are concerned with UN peace operations and international stability missions. The others, including the Global Burden of Armed Violence[21] and Open Empowerment,[22] are focused on real and virtual insecurity.

Muggah´s research is widely reported in global media outlets. His research on organized crime, arms and homicide has been featured by The Atlantic[23], BBC,[24] CBC[25], CNN, CBS,[26] The Globe and Mail[27], Fast Company[28], Foreign Affairs[29], Foreign Policy[30], Globo News,[31] Le Monde[32], Newsweek,[33] The New York Times[34], and Wired Magazine,[35] among others. He delivered talks on the future of cities in TED in 2017[36] and 2015 [37] and at the World Economic Forum Summit in Davos in 2016, 2017[38] and 2019[39]. He has also spoken on new technologies and organized crime [40] at the Web Summit in 2014, on smart policing [41] with Google in 2013 and on arms trafficking[42] in 2012.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The SecDev Foundation Home - The SecDev Foundation".
  2. ^ "Mapping Arms Data - Igarapé Institute". 2 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Igarapé Institute - Homicide Monitor".
  4. ^ "CrimeRadar - Igarapé Institute".
  5. ^ "Igarapé Institute - Smart Policing".
  6. ^ "The 100 most influential people in the world of armed violence - AOAV". 28 June 2013.
  7. ^ "2017 Lewis Perinbam Award for International Development Winner: Robert Muggah". WUSC (World University Service of Canada). 2018-02-10. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  8. ^ "Robert Muggah".
  9. ^ "Advisory Committee - Global Parliament of Mayors".
  10. ^ "Know Violence in Childhood - Who we are".
  11. ^ "Secretary-General Nominates Lead Author and Advisory Group for Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security". 2016-08-12.
  12. ^ "Robert-Muggah- - Global Initiative". 2017-11-15.
  13. ^ "The Future of Cities and Urbanization". World Economic Forum.
  14. ^ October 29, Canadian Global Affairs Institute Staff ·; Pm, 2018 6:37. "Robert Muggah at Canadian Global Affairs Institute". Canadian Global Affairs Institute. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  15. ^ Affairs, Chicago Council on Global (2018-01-19). "Robert Muggah". Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  16. ^ "Dr. Robert Muggah - Faculty". Singularity University. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  17. ^ Relocation Failures in Sri Lanka (2008)
  18. ^ Refugee Militarization in Africa (2006)
  19. ^ Stabilization Operations, Security and Development (2013)
  20. ^ Security and Post-Conflict Reconstruction (2009)
  21. ^ Global Burden of Armed Violence(2008, 2011)
  22. ^ Open Empowerment (2016)
  23. ^ Muggah, Robert. "Robert Muggah". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  24. ^ "Visualising the global arms trade". BBC News.
  25. ^ "Robert Muggah - Latin America". CBC. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  26. ^ Instituto Igarapé (12 August 2016). "Entrevista de Robert Muggah à CBS" – via YouTube.
  27. ^ "The only way out of Nicaragua's violent crisis rests in Ortega's hands". Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  28. ^ "Robert Muggah: Latest News, Work, Videos, Photos". Fast Company. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  29. ^ "Robert Muggah". Foreign Affairs. 2017-08-08. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  30. ^ Muggah, Robert. "Robert Muggah". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  31. ^ "Milênio: Robert Muggah analisa dados de violência urbana e tráfico de armas - GloboNews - Vídeos do programa Milênio - Catálogo de Vídeos".
  32. ^ "Steven Pinker et Robert Muggah : " La démocratie libérale se porte très bien, merci "" (in French). 2018-07-30. Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  33. ^ "U.S. law enforcement are tracking gang activity on social media". 27 June 2016.
  34. ^ "The New York Times - Search". Retrieved 2019-02-19.
  35. ^ Collins, Katie (2014-11-05). "Guns, gore and girls: the rise of the cyber cartels". Wired UK.
  36. ^ Muggah, Robert, The biggest risks facing cities -- and some solutions, retrieved 2019-02-19
  37. ^ Muggah, Robert. "Robert Muggah - Speaker - TED".
  38. ^ World Economic Forum (13 February 2017). "Urban Fragility with Pan Jiahua and Robert Muggah" – via YouTube.
  39. ^ World Economic Forum (2019-02-10), Davos 2019 - Ending Violence in the Sahel, retrieved 2019-02-19
  40. ^ Web Summit (28 January 2015). "Web Summit 2014, Day 2. Library Stage. Robert Muggah, Research Director at Igarape Institute" – via YouTube.
  41. ^ Jigsaw (24 October 2013). "Smart Phones and Smarter Law Enforcement" – via YouTube.
  42. ^ infosummit2012 (28 July 2012). "Disrupting Illicit Arms" – via YouTube.